When I was younger, I scoffed at my mother’s suggestion to shop at thrift stores. I was embarrassed by the idea that someone might discover the origins of my purchases, or worse, catch me inside, lest I be labeled poor and/or uncool. (For the record, we were not poor, but I was uncool.)
In later years I warmed to the idea of thrift stores as a place to find something unique, or vintage. They were hip places to shop but still only received the occasional visit on shopping expeditions. A thrift store might be a fun place to visit on a Saturday afternoon, but not if I had something specific to purchase, and certainly not for anything important ie. an outfit for work, or a school presentation, etc.
It’s only in recent years that I’ve begun to wipe away my personal stigma towards thrift stores and actually spend some time rifling through the goods for practical purchases. I now realize that buying second-hand items creates a positive impact on the environment as well as my wallet. I’ve also become savvier about where and when to shop. I’m proud to model great deals I’ve found on beautiful clothes that would, most often, be otherwise entirely out of my price range.
While I’ve just scratched the surface of thrift stores in Halifax, I’ve already come away with an armload of pieces for my wardrobe that are in great condition and likely would have cost five to ten times the price if purchased new.
If you’re planning on some shopping this weekend, I urge you to check out some local thrift stores first. You never know what you’ll find!